Word came across the transom this week that Jemina Pearl of the dearly beloved and recently dissolved Be Your Own Pet is playing a solo show this weekend in New York City. Which, to some Pitchfork-reading denizens is cause for celebration. And, sure, BYOP consistently kicked the crap out me whenever I saw them live, 95% of that crap-kicking due to Pearl’s spitting, stomping, screaming presence on stage.
But for those of us who were going to shows when Ms. Pearl was in pre-kindergarten, there’s a wholly different reason to get excited about this show: The Fluid is headlining. Yes, fellow losers, the big reunion shows that happened last summer in Denver and in Seattle at Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary shindig may have just been the beginning of something many of us have prayed over for many years: a full-scale reunion tour from one of the best (if not the best) live bands of the grunge era. In addition to this Saturday show, the Fluid also plays the night before in Hoboken (at Maxwell’s) and in mid-February in Seattle at Neumo’s. Again, it may be the beginning of something … and it may not be. But five Fluid shows in nine months is five more than there have been in the last 15 years, so it’s at least a step in the right direction.